by Mary Margaret Gibson
“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” (Gen. 3:8–9)
Of course, God knew where they were.
They were hiding. Since that day, our fear and shame indicate a broken relationship with God caused by a person’s decision to ignore God’s commands. Our Creator made Adam with five deep needs and before that point had satisfied them all:
Security – God was Adam’s security. He made Adam in the “image of God” making it possible for him to have independent thought, emotion, reasoning, and the gift of naming creatures. God gave Adam everything he needed. God saw that Adam would be lonely, so God gave him a companion and helper, Eve (Gen. 2: 18–25).
Identity – Adam was God’s friend. Adam walked in the garden God made for him.
Belonging – Adam was a child of God, a member of God’s earthly family.
Purpose – Adam had a grand purpose. He saw every animal God had made and gave a name to each one. He must have done a good job. “Whatever name Adam gave became the creature’s name (Gen. 2:19–20). God approved. It was good!
Competence – God gave Adam the competence to fulfill his purpose to the glory of God.
But, after Adam and Eve defied God’s explicit command, Adam hid.
It was the first time on earth that any person was afraid of God. Until then, Adam knew in his heartand mind that God was “on his side.”
Adam had to leave the garden because separation from God is the penalty for sin (Rom. 6:23). He and Eve had to take up residence in the world, and they took their five core needs with them. Every child born since then inherits the same five core needs and the same inclination to sin (Rom. 3:23). God had us in mind, though. He knew how we would be restored to that wonderful relationship with Himself.
God IS On Your Side!
Recently, EvanTell (all about the gospel) and Dr. Kathy Koch (the core needs expert) launched a unique initiative called Authentic Life: Our Needs – God’s Answers. God is still able and willing to satisfy the five core needs we all struggle to fulfill in our life without Him. He built into us a longing for Himself.
In December, we will launch a seven topic video training module for Authentic Life. (You can read more about it HERE.) We have created “God’s Gift to You!”—featuring a gospel presentation and discipleship materials equipping people to share Authentic Life with the upcoming generation.
In this initiative we teach people their need to trust Jesus as Savior in a fresh way using core needs.
The first missionaries using Authentic Life will be the staff and volunteers of EvanTell’s Save the Mother, Save her Child ministry — Pregnancy Resource Centers helping people with many challenges in life, including unexpected pregnancy. The women and men needing the wide-ranging help of pregnancy centers will hear the hopeful news, “God is on your side! Right now! And so are we.” Many will hear the gospel and trust in Christ as Savior — the hopeless will have hope restored, forever. They will know Authentic Life.
Pray. Pray for God’s Gift to be received.